May 19, 2010

Ethics complaints dismissed for Miller, filed for Lowden

Finding the evidence "thin," the Nevada Ethics Commission has dismissed charges filed against Secretary of State Ross Miller alleging he used public resources to help his re-election campaign.

Interestingly, the report notes that it was the Secretary of State's own Elections Department that caused the complaint to be filed in the first place. On the candidate listing page they apparently drew the contact information from the candidate's "Declaration of Candidacy" form instead of the more appropriate "Candidate Media" form. However, because this mistake affected all candidates on the page it was not found to benefit Miller.

On the other side of the aisle, Republican Sue Lowden is facing charges that her campaign RV is an in-kind campaign donation that exceeds federal limits. The Nevada State Democratic Party claims the RV could be considered a campaign contribution of as much as $142,500 — far above the $2,400 federal limit.

We'll be sure to let you know how this plays out.